By Michael & Marita
This, our latest adventure, started in August 2015 when climbing over boat after boat at the Sydney International Boat Show, something Michael has done every year now for a number of years. Having sold our beloved 35 foot Riviera Maxed Out we were sort of looking around thinking it would be nice to purchase again now that we had relocated from Port Macquarie and settled into our new Sydney life.
Since selling Maxed Out we have been researching sailing cats, a whole new world for us as we have always been power boat owners. We were almost done for the day when we spotted the boat – a small model of the soon to be released Fountaine Pajot New 40.
We were familiar with the Fountaine Pajot brand as we had previously looked at and liked the Lipari. The New 40 is the replacement for the Lipari and yes we fell in love with her – all 80cm of her on display in a glass case.
Long story short we signed a contract to purchase off the plan one of the first New 40’s to be built. A slightly crazy move for a pair of fairly conservative, well-organised people like us. Hope we like the real thing!